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District Six: coming home

For more than three decades, Zahrah Hendricks dreamed of returning to her childhood home. The vibrant streets and sense of community of District Six have been bittersweet memories most of her life. Yet now she is among those families who are returning, intent on rebuilding their neighbourhood.

District Six: coming home

Ginwala helped shape South Africa's history

An academic, a writer and journalist, a sharp legal mind, a human rights advocate - Dr Frene Ginwala is all of these things. She has devoted her life to bringing equality to South Africa, and was instrumental in writing the country's Constitution.


Nadine Gordimer: courage in life, talent in work

Nadine Gordimer died peacefully at the age of 90 on Sunday. The Nobel laureate transcended the provincial confines of her solitary childhood in the small mining town of Springs to become a fierce opponent of apartheid through her critically acclaimed writings.


Nat Nakasa to be reburied in South Africa

The remains of writer and journalist Nat Nakasa, who died in exile in the United States in 1965, are to be repatriated to South Africa, in what Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has called "a defeat for those who sought to turn Nakasa, like the majority of his people, into temporary sojourners in the country of their birth".


Sibusiso Vilane shows the way to the top

Sibusiso Vilane is the first African, and one of only a handful of people, to accomplish the Explorers Grand Slam - the Goliath Challenge. He is a walking, talking advertisement for perseverance and resilience, spreading the message that "we Africans can reach great heights" around the world.

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